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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Arvedson hard to please

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  • The Toronto Sun reports former Ottawa winger has rejected "concrete offers" from four clubs, apparently because he didn't want to play in the cities where they're based. It's unknown what teams made those offers, but the Sun claims the New York , Atlanta , Vancouver , San Jose and St. Louis have some interest in him. The Toronto are also believed to have made a one-year offer, but Arvedson is thought to be seeking a three-year, $7.5 million contract. There's also talk that Arvedson and fellow Don Meehan client could opt to play in Europe next season if they don't receive any offers to their liking soon. These two have the misfortune of being unrestricted free agents at a time when teams are either maintaining or dumping salaries in anticipation of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Still, with the salary arbitration period now over, there might be some movement by teams looking to fill the final gaps in their rosters between now and the opening of training camp. Perhaps Arvedson and Tverdovsky will find what they're seeking then.
  • 's recent ankle surgery only further complicates the Detroit efforts to move the netminder prior to next month's training camp. Despite the assertions of Joseph's agent that his client will only be sidelined for six weeks, the Toronto Sun (which first broke the story) suggests it could take longer than that for "Cujo" to get back into game shape. Worse, the Wings could be facing the possibility of Joseph still on their roster when the season begins in October. That could necessitate making Joseph the backup for Dominik Hasek and getting him into a few games in order to prove to prospective suitors that he's made a full recovery from his surgery. Meanwhile, it's believed Boston GM Mike O'Connell will still contact Wings GM Ken Holland regarding a potential deal for Cujo, although at this point it seems unlikely anything will be arranged while Joseph's on the sidelines. This could be a moot point if the Wings make Joseph available in the waiver draft next month and another club scoops him up. That seems unlikely, given his hefty salary and his recovery from surgery. The Wings may not have much choice in the matter, as they'll obviously protect Dominik Hasek and can't afford to leave affordable backup unprotected.
  • Commenting on his club's efforts to move Joseph, Wings senior VP Jim Devellano claimed the and had also expressed interest. Now I'm not about to call Devellano a liar, as he obviously has the inside scoop on what's going on with his club. But to me, the suggestion of the and joining the "Cujo sweepstakes" doesn't make sense. GM Glen Sather stated nearly two months ago that he had no interest in Joseph, preferring to stick with and recently acquired backup . So unless Sather just can't resist the temptation of acquiring yet another overpaid veteran, it seems unlikely Joseph would be dealt to the . As for the , they're overloaded with goaltenders, with and penciled in as their tandem next season. They also have much-hyped prospect Kari Lehtonen waiting in the wings, If they were to trade for Joseph, they'd have to find a taker for Dafoe, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at season's end. And they still have to find someone to take 's contract off their hands. Factor in a tight payroll, and it just doesn't make any sense for the to pursue Joseph. At home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, he's known as Lyle Richardson. But around these parts, he's known as Spector, FOXSports.com's Prince of Pucks. Check in with Spector for the latest NHL rumors from around the league and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Red Wings, Devils, Rangers, Senators, Sharks, Blues, Maple Leafs, Jets, Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, Mike Dunham, Jussi Markkanen, Manny Legace

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